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Michigan Downs Syracuse 61-56 in NCAA Semifinal

(AP Photo/NCAA Photos, Chris Steppig, Pool)

(AP Photo/NCAA Photos, Chris Steppig, Pool)


by PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Don’t call these guys the Fab Five.

Michigan’s latest group of young stars is determined to leave its own legacy.

Attacking Syracuse’s suffocating zone defense in the first half with 3-pointers, crisp passing and a fearless attitude, the Wolverines advanced to the national championship game with a 61-56 victory over the Orange in the Final Four on Saturday night.

Michigan (31-7) will be going for its first national title since 1989 when it faces Louisville on Monday at the Georgia Dome. Syracuse (30-10) failed to complete an all-Big East final in the fabled league’s last season before breaking up.

The Wolverines got sloppy in the second half and barely hung on at the end, winning despite a tough night for Associated Press player of the year Trey Burke. He scored only seven points.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.